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Unchained sound piece

Unchained sound piece

Sound piece April 8, 2013 16 minutes, 46 seconds Listen: Ride from my house to Artworks                                                                               ...
Less Is More

Less Is More

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s assertion has resonance far beyond the worlds of design and architecture. In poetry in general, and specifically the poetry of Japan, “less is more” are words to live by. In a world of 140 character Tweets and cell phone texting aphorisms, perhaps haiku and other short-form poetry will lead this...
Memory

Memory

The mists rise over The still pools of Asuka. Memory does not Pass away so easily. – Akahito I was on a mission in search of Japanese whisky recently (far harder to find than I expected), which led me improbably to my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, to a small store near Brooklyn Brewery named The...
Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live from Lauren Otis on Vimeo. In the 1990s, I was a relatively recent transplant to Trenton. I was a young father, and during the week I had a long commute to my work in Hoboken. But on weekends, to unwind, I would take my camera and explore the neighborhoods of the...
Ferment

Ferment

A number of weeks ago I visited with the assistant winemaker at the New Jersey winery I used to be affiliated with. It was a bitter cold night and we did what we have so often done in the past, talk with glasses in hand as he tapped the cold contents of the silent tanks...
Roebling decay

Roebling decay

On one side of South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, former John A. Roebling Sons Co. buildings have been converted into offices and a retail marketplace. Once a year, in June, the adjacent Roebling Wire Works machine shop building plays host to Art All Night, Artworks’ 24-hour free art extravaganza. Across the street, on the other...
Kiss Kill

Kiss Kill

SLOW_001.mov from Lauren Otis on Vimeo.   KISS KILL (SLOW 001) Kiss Kill reflects the latent kindness, and malevolence, which lurks within all of us; that technologies evolve but human nature doesn’t; and that practice does not make perfect. A SLOW ART production, Kiss Kill is a collaboration with artist Andrew Wilkinson. Kiss Kill had its debut at...
Strong Brown God

Strong Brown God

I live by the Delaware River and kayak it regularly. It is truly a “strong brown god” as T.S. Eliot put it in his poem The Dry Salvages, from The Four Quartets. Choked with detritus, lined with concrete, spanned by bridges, ignored, the river is still a palpable and powerful presence, presenting a ghostly, ever-changing...
Woven Heads

Woven Heads

Embarking on a new job in 2006, I came across a cache of old corporate head shots. These photographic prints were a pre-digital relic and, outdated in multiple ways, seemed destined for the dust bin. After throwing out several manila envelopes full, however, something made me stop, and bring them home. Soon thereafter, I visited...
Delaware River

Delaware River

Black and white river views, taken on film, circa 2007.
Vintage wine

Vintage wine

  Opening and drinking a wine with lengthy bottle age is an adventure, full of expectation, emotional and analytic reaction, connection and closure. In opening and drinking such a wine, you are completing a pact with the winemaker who fashioned it so many years before. You are opening up a window to a landscape, and...
Clangor

Clangor

Listen to: ClangAllNight by Alchemical Projects Clang All Night Sound sculpture I created in the spring of 2010 and displayed at Art All Night in Trenton, June 19 & 20, 2010.